admin Wed, 04/18/2012 - 00:11
One of my stated goals this year was to work on improving my source citations in my Family tree. Part of the reason that I find genealogy interesting, is that it is very much about the details. I would imagine that it is very similar to detective work, and somewhat like science, in that you are trying to unravel a series of facts to figure out what happened. In Science, the work that you do is only as good as the documentation you can present. The documentation is presented so that others can review your work and then try to reproduce it. Genealogy is (Or rather should be) the same. All of the work that we do as genealogists is only as good as the documentation or sources that we provide for it. Source citations are key, and that is why I am working on improving the sources in my family tree. My goal (and I feel like it should be the goal of every genealogist) is to document my tree to the point that there is no question about the information presented. When I do this, others in the future can work on solving issues that I could not, rather than re-inventing the wheel, covering the same ground that I already have.
Over time, I have improved with sourcing my research, but there is always work to be done. When I first started I did not add sources to anything. Eventually I started adding references to census records, but these entries were pretty lack luster and in retrospect, I doubt that they would have done anything to help other genealogists in the future.
admin Wed, 03/07/2012 - 01:00
Great news for those of us out there that are always on the lookout for new source material. After reading a post over on Dick Eastman’s blog, I learned that the familysearch.org website has announced that they have digitized over 40,000 family history books, and posted them online. Here is what the Familyhistory website has to say:
admin Sat, 02/25/2012 - 12:49
One of my ancestors is Frederick Hoffman. Frederick died on this day 123 years ago. On February 25th, 1889 in Indiana Frederick Hoffman died sudden and unexpectedly. While searching for information the Hoffman's I found an interesting record for Frederick Hoffman. The record is a type that I had (and still have not seen an other) before, an official Coroner's Inquest.
What is a Coroner's Inquest?
A Coroner’s Inquest is an inquiry into the manner and cause of an individual’s death. Apparently he died unexpectedly, and there was little concern from his family members. An obituary in the Greensburg Standard dated March 1, 1889 indicated that:
The post-mortem examination of the body of Frederick Hoffman, who lived about eight miles east of this city, resulted in the finding by Dr. J. Y. Hitt that the deceased came to his death from apoplexy. There was a small amount of opium salt in the stomach but not sufficient to cause death. The post-mortem was held on account of the peculiar circumstances under which Mr. Hoffman died, the seeming unconcern of his family about him and the openly expressed belief of some of the neighbors that his death had not resulted from natural causes.
The obit mentions a Coroner's inquest, and I was able to find the Inquest in the records at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. The inquest record that I have are just images, with no transcription provided, so I had to do my own. For the most part it was a fairly straight forward, but there were a few sections that were a little difficult to understand. See my transcription below:
admin Sun, 01/08/2012 - 16:30
Every year I set a few goals for the year, and often time, goals about my family tree are in the works. In the past I have been more concerned about "growing" the tree based on the number of individuals alone, but this year I am also looking to improve the "Quality" of the tree, by increasing the number and use of sources in the tree. Previously, it was easy to discern if I had met my goal, just record the number of Individuals that I had before the year started, and compare to the number I have at the end of the year. This year, I will be looking at more than just the number of individuals that are added, so I need to record more data at the start of the year. This post is intended to do that. With that said lets get started.
admin Tue, 01/18/2011 - 10:13
It Happens over and over again, you catch the genealogy bug and you are itching to get started. In the rush to get started, you add people to your tree, but you forget to add source information. Ideally every single person in your tree will have at least one source record, indicating where you got the information on the person. Dates of birth, dates of death, marriage, Census information all should have source information attached.